Connect with us

Harbhajan Singh will not be leaving for Dubai with the rest of the Chennai Super Kings players on Friday due to personal reasons. ESPNcricinfo understands that he will arrive a week or ten days later than the squad in the UAE ahead of the 2020 IPL.

The 40-year-old offspinner will not be in Chennai when the franchise boards its flight after a five-day training camp in the city. Singh’s late arrival will make it five players for the Super Kings who won’t be part of the squad when it first arrives in the UAE. Faf du Plessis and Lungi Ngidi, who will arrive in early September from South Africa, and Imran Tahir, Mitchell Santner and Dwayne Bravo who are playing in the CPL, are the others. Ravindra Jadeja had also missed the camp in Chennai due to personal reasons, but he will be on the flight on Friday.

The Super Kings have been proactive in their efforts to begin training as soon as possible, and had even sought to begin their conditioning camp as early as August 9 in the UAE, more than a month before the tournament begins on September 19. The chief reason behind this was the fitness of their squad, which has the oldest average age in the tournament and has a mix of retired and inactive players.

ALSO READ: Ponting promises ‘hard conversation’ with Ashwin on running out non-strikers backing up

Singh is one such player, having last played a competitive match in May last year, for the Super Kings in the IPL final which they lost by one run to Mumbai Indians. He was their third-highest wicket-taker last season, with 16 wickets in 11 matches at an economy rate of 7.09. Another key player, Suresh Raina, also last played in that fixture, whereas MS Dhoni’s last match was during India’s World Cup semi-final loss last year.

Given these concerns around fitness and preparedness, the Super Kings were the first team to begin their training camp even in the pre-covid world. Senior players like Raina and Ambati Rayudu had begun training as early as December 2019 to get in shape for the tournament that was originally scheduled to begin on March 29. There won’t be quite as much time for this edition, which will comprise 60 matches and last 53 days.

The Super Kings also plan to travel with exclusive net bowlers, mainly comprising first-class, Under-19 and Under-23 state-level players for practice sessions in the UAE. Singh will otherwise be part of a spin-heavy Super Kings attack, featuring Jadeja, Tahir, Santner, Karn Sharma and Piyush Chawla.

Source link

0

Sports

LOOK: Logan Paul and Sharks’ Evander Kane continue war of words over potential boxing match

logan paul

Getty Images

YouTube star Jake Paul defeated former NBA player Nate Robinson, and turned him into a meme, in Saturday night’s boxing match. Following the victory, athletes were volunteering to be next to get in the ring and attempt to take down Paul.

San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane believes he could embarrass Paul if given the chance. While Kane is not a boxer by trade, many have caught his hands on the ice.

He initially tweeted that he would “wreck” Paul, saying, “Easy to beat up guys with no experience and much smaller.”

Kane even gave a date for the potential fight.

Kane also posted a video on social media saying, “I’ll take the mop of your head and wipe the floor with ya,” tagging Paul.

Now Logan Paul, Jake’s brother who is no stranger to celebrity boxing matches himself, says he’s ready to step into the ring with the Sharks’ enforcer.  

He started with what seemed like his attempt at a roast, saying, “Evander Kane? San Jose Sharks? Now what is that exactly? Some sort of fish? An aquatic animal? Who lives in San Jose?”

After reading the message from Kane he said, “Put him on the list. I’ll do it. That’s my question. The first thing I asked was ‘Jake Paul vs. Evander Kane, is that a headline fight?’ How many buys does that get?”

He then asks more about Kane, questioning if he’s an active NHL player and wondering, “When is he gonna train boxing?”

Frustrated, Paul said he’ll put a quarter of a million on the fight.

Whether we see this fight or not is very much yet to be said, but it would likely look a lot different than the Robinson bout.



Source link

0
Continue Reading

Sports

Australia vs India, 1st T20I, Fantasy Pick, team predictions

December 4: Australia vs India, 1st T20I, Canberra

Pro Tip: The average score batting first at this venue in the last five T20s is 171. Only once in these five games, the chasing team has emerged victorious. So pack your team with the batsmen from the side batting first.

Our XI: KL Rahul, Aaron Finch, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Steven Smith, Hardik Pandya, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Jasprit Bumrah, T Natarajan

Substitutes: Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson, Adam Zampa, Marcus Stoinis

Player availability: David Warner and Pat Cummins are not available. Mitchell Starc, Ashton Agar and Marcus Stoinis are in doubt due to their respective injury concerns. For India, Navdeep Saini might be the only unavailable player. Also, expect both teams to rest some of their key players.

We might not always be able to tip you off about late injury (or other relevant) updates, so please finalise your team after the toss.

Captain: KL Rahul

IPL 2020’s Orange Cap winner and India’s top-ranked T20I player, Rahul is a completely different player when it comes to T20 cricket. Among the top ten ranked teams, no one has scored more T20I runs than Rahul in the last two years. Don’t forget that he will be back to his favourite batting position as an opener.

Vice-captain: Glenn Maxwell

Maxwell had one of his worst IPL seasons a month back, but his form in the ODIs makes him a strong contender for vice-captain. The last time he played a T20I against India, he smashed an unbeaten 55-ball 113 which helped Australia chase down India’s 190. He has scored more T20I runs against India than any other team – 353 runs in 12 innings at an average of 35.30 and a strike rate of 145.86.

Hot Picks

Virat Kohli: The India skipper’s numbers against Australia are simply mind-boggling: 584 runs at an average of 64.88 and a strike rate of 147.10. In Australia, he has 317 runs in seven innings at an average of 79.25. He has scored 96 runs in 60 balls without getting out even once against the pace attack of Josh Hazlewood, Starc and Andrew Tye.

Aaron Finch: We are backing the highest run-scorer in the ODI series to extend his form in T20Is too. Australia’s captain is the highest-ranked Australian batsman in T20Is (No. 3) and rightly so, having scored the most runs for Australia in the last three years with 982 runs at an average of 39.28 and a strike rate of 162.58.

Hardik Pandya: Pandya has been in fantastic form ever since landing in Australia. He was the highest run-scorer for India in the ODI series, scoring 210 runs in three games at a strike rate of 114.75. He has been nowhere near his best with the bat in T20Is so far, but is expected to make a telling impact on this tour.

Differential Picks

Ashton Agar: In the last two years, no Australian has taken more wickets than Agar in T20Is – 20 wickets in 12 games at an economy of 6.31. His performance has peaked in the last six games where he took 13 wickets. He is also handy with the bat lower down the order.

T Natarajan: India’s newly-found yorker specialist is coming off a brilliant IPL season where he picked up 16 wickets in 16 games. Although he was a bit expensive on his ODI debut, he picked up a couple of wickets and also bowled a wicket maiden.

Alternate Scenarios

  • If Rahul is rested, make Kohli the captain of your side. Rahul’s place in the XI can be filled by Sanju Samson.

  • Hazlewood can replace Starc depending on the playing XI.

  • If Stoinis is playing and opening the batting, he can replace Shikhar Dhawan.

Source link

0
Continue Reading

Sports

Shotzi Blackheart attempts to take down Raquel Gonzalez in WarGames Advantage Ladder Match

Video Details





Source link

0
Continue Reading

Trending